Patriots 3 Things to watch for – Metro US

Patriots 3 Things to watch for

1 Can Brady blow up another defense?

Throughout the year, the Pats offense has dealt with some of the best defenses in the NFL. But based on the end-of-game score, you wouldn’t know it. They’ll go up against another one Sunday night. Green Bay is first in the league in points allowed (14.5) and third passing yards allowed (196.8). Tom Brady will have to be on point, as the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, cornerback Charles Woodson, will line up against Brady’s targets. On top of that, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews already has 12.5 sacks on the season.

2 Can the Packers win with Flynn?

Aaron Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season last week against the Detroit Lions. The Packers couldn’t find the end zone without him in 7-3 loss.

Rodgers has yet to practice or be cleared for Sunday night’s game, so it could be Matt Flynn under center for the Pack. Flynn threw short passes and posted a 62.5 passer rating filling in last week and could really struggle in the cold. The former LSU star is a dome quarterback, as oppose to Rodgers, who stretches the field and has thrown for 3,289 yards and 23 touchdowns.

3 Will the Pats ever turn the ball over again?

The Pats haven’t turned the ball over in an NFL-record five consecutive games. On top of that, they’ve scored 30 or more points in each of those contests.

Protecting the football has prevented the opposing teams from winning the battle for field position, which in turn has created fewer scoring chances. The Pats hold a plus-18 turnover ratio, tops in the league and have turned it over nine times all season.

“It’s something we talk about every day,” coach Bill Belichick said.